Sometimes you come across a blog item that just begs to be turned into an opera libretto. Here's one by the blogging mathematician Tanya Khovanova, that is just bursting with suggestion and promise:
(The mathematician) Israel Gelfand’s memorial is being held at Rutgers on December 6, 2009. I was invited as Gelfand’s student.
My relationship with Gelfand was complicated: sometimes it was very painful and sometimes it was very rewarding. I was planning to attend the memorial to help me forget the pain and to acknowledge the good parts.
I believe that my relationship with Gelfand was utterly unique. You see, I was married three times, and all three times to students of Gelfand.
Now that I know that I can’t make it to the memorial, I can’t stop wondering how many single male students of Gelfand will be there.